Ironically, they will both meet in tonight’s National Championship Game. The Boston Celtics would be enamored with Harrell if he decided to forgo his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the NBA Draft after his freshman season.
There have been no indications that he will intend to do so, but if he does, he will be a guaranteed lock to be selected in the first round. He has so many tools to work with at the power forward position that it might make sense for him to leave early, similar to what UNC’s Marvin Williams did a few years ago.
He left after his freshman season and he was an absolute can’t-miss prospect. His professional career has been pretty mediocre, but he capitalized on a strong freshman season to leave early. Harrell would be in a similar position, but his professional outlook looks a lot better at the same age.
He is a super athletic power forward who can jump out of the gym and is extremely aggressive on the offensive and defensive boards. He is a great shot blocker as well and would provide immediate energy to any team, and is very similar in how he plays to Milwaukee Bucks forward Larry Sanders.
The Celtics would probably have to trade up for Harrell if he is available this summer and it would probably be well worth it depending on what the asking price would be.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18